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St. Louis Cardinals beat Milwaukee Brewers as both clinch playoff berths

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ST. LOUIS — Harrison Bader tripled and homered to help the St. Louis Cardinals clinch a postseason berth on the final day of the regular season with a 5-2 win over Milwaukee. The Brewers also earned a playoff spot Sunday via help on the West Coast moments later.

St. Louis (30-28) will be the fifth seed in the NL and open a three-game wild-card series at San Diego on Wednesday. By winning, the Cardinals avoided having to travel to Detroit for two makeup games Monday.

The Brewers (29-31) locked up the eighth seed after the Padres beat San Francisco 5-4 in a game that ended about 15 minutes later. The Giants finished with an identical record as the Brewers but lost out on a tiebreaker due to an inferior intradivision record.

Milwaukee will face the top-seeded Dodgers in Los Angeles in a three-game series that also starts Wednesday.

The Brewers haven’t had a winning record at any point this season. They are the first team ever to qualify for the playoffs with a losing mark.

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Los Angeles Angels moving on from general manager Billy Eppler

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The Los Angeles Angels announced Sunday that they would be seeking a new general manager to replace Billy Eppler.

Eppler has been the Angels GM since 2015, but the team has not made the postseason in his tenure despite having arguably the best player on the planet in Mike Trout.

Eppler previously served as assistant general manager of the Yankees from 2012-14.

The Angels are 26-33 and guaranteed of their sixth straight losing season.

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Atlanta Braves remove Ronald Acuña from lineup with renewed wrist soreness

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ATLANTA — Ronald Acuna Jr. has been removed from the Atlanta Braves‘ lineup in their regular season finale due to irritation in his left wrist.

The postseason-bound Braves say the move before Sunday’s game against Boston was made as a precaution.

Even so, the report of renewed soreness in Acuna’s wrist is cause for concern as the team prepares for the NL wild-card series. He was on the 10-day injured list due to soreness in the same wrist from Aug. 12-25.

Acuna is hitting .250 with 14 homers and 29 RBI.

Ender Inciarte replaced Acuna in center field, and Ozzie Albies moved up as the new leadoff hitter.

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